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House Republicans Draw Bead on Next Obamacare Target: Medicaid Expansion

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Consider this one of the possible strikes, aimed at the part of Obamacare that is going gangbusters right now, signing up hundreds of thousands across the nation: Medicaid.

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Kit B (276)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 9:02 am
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Remember how House Speaker John Boehner has reassured his conference that while full-on Obamacare repeal might not be on the agenda, House Republicans are just going to keep chipping away at it? He said they would use "targeted legislative strikes aimed at shattering the legislative coalition the president has used to force his law on the nation."
Consider this one of the possible strikes, aimed at the part of Obamacare that is going gangbusters right now, signing up hundreds of thousands across the nation: Medicaid.

-----A small group of stalwart House conservatives aren’t abandoning their efforts to gut Obamacare through government funding bills.
Should another continuing resolution be needed in January, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) said some conservative lawmakers want to include a provision to eliminate the Medicaid expansion funding that was added in the Affordable Care Act.

The funds would then be used to cover the $20 billion in cuts to defense spending that are set to go into effect in January as part of the sequester, he said. The Medicaid expansion costs about $21 billion for the rest of the fiscal year, said Huelskamp, who supports keeping the sequester cuts in place.

“We would like to take something out of Obamacare, and we looked at the Medicaid numbers and thought, ‘Geez, we can take some of that and put it to some of the sequester cuts,’” he said. “It helps us achieve two goals at once—one to pull something out of Obamacare… Two, it pushes back at some Republicans worried about the sequester.” ----

What they'd like to take out of Obamacare, clearly, is health coverage for poor people. Politico calls this effort a longshot, suggesting that there won't be the stomach in the Republican caucus in the House for another budget fight over Obamacare. That's underestimating Republican hatred for the law. It's also ignoring the fact that nothing that the hardcore tea bagger right wants to get out of Boehner is ever a longshot: they rule his world. .

By Joan Carter | staff writer | Daily Kos |

Arielle S (313)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 10:03 am
#%@%@# and many other expletives! Sure, let's move more money into that damn defense fund and let a few more thousand people starve to death or die from medical problems - heck, if we work it well enough, we can probably eliminate half the population and then we, greedy old batards that we are, will have yet MORE money for ourselves!!
I'm afraid there are some very evil thoughts going out to Agent Orange and his Tea Party nut jobs.

Fiona O (565)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 1:33 pm
Arielle, your comment is splendid. I ONLY want to add &^^^#$. Thanks, all for the comments and Miss Kitty for the article.

JL A (281)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 2:41 pm
Explains why the GOP in NH walked away from negotiations to expand Medicaid in NH without any explanation of it the TP plan to take poor people who could get healthy with health coverage and turn them into military fodder or what? Are they formally announcing that killing of any and all kinds is their top policy priority?

Birgit W (160)
Friday November 22, 2013, 4:24 pm

Winn A (179)
Saturday November 23, 2013, 6:05 pm
Vote all republicans and tea baggers out of office in every state at every opportunity.

Deborah W (6)
Saturday November 23, 2013, 11:11 pm
Expansion of Medicaid as the only "allowable" option will gut it entirely or, at best, render it totally useless to the massive numbers requiring care.

In my personal opinion, this is yet another step towards the intended goal of single payor, universal/socialized healthcare in a government-controlled welfare state.

Karen Chestney (112)
Sunday November 24, 2013, 8:56 pm
Thanks for this article. 1st The Speaker is the Teabaggers' puppet.....2nd...teabaggers will do anything to get at Pres. matter how crazy insane and vicious. In their hatred for Pres. Obama they are willing to harm millions. Won't Work, Baggers.!!! You loose.
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